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Hawaiʻi Ranked Third Happiest State in US

Posted September 12, 2017, 11:00 AM HST Updated September 12, 2017, 01:58 PM HST
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According to a new study assessing key indicators of happiness in the U.S., Hawaiʻi ranks third in the nation for 2017’s Happiest States in America.

The analysis, conducted by personal-finance website Wallethub, compared all 50 states using previously gathered research data indicating levels of happiness across three key areas: emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community and environment.

Conversely, Hawaiʻi placed No. 1 in the nation for the highest percentage of depressed adults among residents. The study also revealed the following data on Hawaiʻi’s happiness levels, according to specific categories (1 = happiest and 25 = average):

  • 16th – Suicide Rate
  • 19th – Long-Term Unemployment Rate
  • 5th – Separation and Divorce Rate
  • 28th – Income Growth
  • 10th – Safety
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Source: WalletHub

According to WalletHub, previous studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical and social health are all crucial factors in leading a well-balanced and fulfilled life.

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David D Miller Ironically I'm happier here since moving FROM Minnesota this past June. Go figure -lol🤙🏼🌴🌊😎September 12, 2017 11:18am
Jerry Ashburn Hawaii is ruined, I mean run, by Democrats. That accounts for the depression.September 12, 2017 11:27am
Cathy Mathis WOW who did they ask ? Apparently the rich and elected officials who have ruined this state.September 12, 2017 11:54am
Francis Chong You mean with our Corrupt and Dirty leaders,officials and politicians. The rest of us are frowning from ear to ear.September 12, 2017 12:04pm
Kirby Faulkner https://wallethub.com/edu/happiest-states/6959/September 12, 2017 12:07pm
Rick Reed Just the fact that California is 4th I question this Study!September 12, 2017 12:15pm
Iain Young Eat, Drink, and be Merry, for tomorrow you might find yourself in Utah.September 12, 2017 12:42pm
Iain Young Dop\ you realize that Goodwill IS NOT A CHARITY? It is a for profit consignment store where the merchandise is donated free. Part of the problem perhaps?September 12, 2017 12:44pm
Jerry Ashburn Not sure what problem you mean but you are obviously a victim of internet nonsense. "Goodwill: Goodwill Industries International is not a business that takes in donated items and resells them for a profit. It is a not-for-profit organization that provides job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges. Goodwill raises money for their programs through a chain of thrift stores which also operate as non-profits.The CEO of Goodwill Industries International is not Mark Curran, nor does he make $2.3 million a year. The current President and CEO of Goodwill is Jim Gibbons, who in 2011 received a total reported compensation of $725,000." http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/charities.aspSeptember 12, 2017 12:57pm
Russ Gaefe Why? California is a great state to live in!September 12, 2017 01:12pm
Russ Gaefe Thank GOD it's run by Democrats!September 12, 2017 01:12pm
Rick Reed Russ Gaefe I lived in California for most of my life! California at one time was the best state to live in ! Now its an over taxes shit hole full of illegals!September 12, 2017 01:15pm
James Kong Let me know when the CEO gets $75,000 in salary. Then it'll be a not for profit corporation. As it stands it's just a scam. Free material, low paid workers (under the guise of training and rehabilitation) makes for a great business model.September 12, 2017 01:16pm
Darrell Pili More bullshit pollsSeptember 12, 2017 01:41pm
Keturah Elizabeth Mn is not 1st. I've been to both and mn is full of bitter, stuck up, passive aggressive jerks.September 12, 2017 01:45pm
Shane MacIntyre I love the Big Island #1September 12, 2017 01:51pm
Gwen Vagle Or, MN. lolSeptember 12, 2017 02:06pm
Gwen Vagle They're still frozen from our winters! :)September 12, 2017 02:07pm
Chandra Marie Dubay I moved here from massachusetts and still cant find a job and its been almost 3 months..how does that make people happy? There are no bike trails, hiking clubs..Hilo looks like a land time forgot. How does anyone make a living here in the Big Island?September 12, 2017 02:19pm
Marge Schembri I personally feel Hawaii is number one in the happiness department. The people are friendly, the weather terrific, the land beautiful, no heating or cooling expenses, bus service outstanding, Hawaiian grown produce fantastic, and the laid back life style is healthy as it causes no stress. What a perfect way to live 🏝September 12, 2017 02:25pm
Keturah Elizabeth I think it permanently freezes their brains 😂😂😊😊September 12, 2017 03:02pm
Rick Reed 🤙🤙September 12, 2017 03:08pm
Lydia Walther Soon Pele will teach again.September 12, 2017 03:19pm
Sonny Koonce III So that's why!!, Hawaii is a state now❤❤❤September 12, 2017 05:05pm
Debbie Iozzo I think the island is kicking you off.September 12, 2017 05:49pm
Chandra Marie Dubay No..it just seems like an oppressed area for people. I feel bad for the community and some of the locals that live here that can't find work either.September 12, 2017 05:54pm
Chandra Marie Dubay It was a comment of general concern actually.September 12, 2017 05:55pm
James Man I thought we had the most suicides and drank the most, what happened to that. But i guess if you believe polls Hillary is president.September 12, 2017 06:06pm
Ron Parrett I figured it would be Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and California. For the obvious "legal" reasons. But seriously, how did California get #4? I'm not even happy driving through CA.September 12, 2017 06:22pm
Ron Parrett I'm #1 happy here.September 12, 2017 06:23pm
Dawn Thatcher-White Kathy Frederick KinneenSeptember 12, 2017 06:38pm
Susana La Londe # one in my book !!! Love it there !September 12, 2017 06:49pm
Rachel Walton It may not be for everyone but it sure is for me.September 12, 2017 07:02pm
Jerry Ashburn James Kong I see you are beset with a failure to read and comprehend. On the other hand, I doubt that it bothers you in the least that entertainers and athletes are making multi millions of dollars without contributing anything to society.September 12, 2017 07:28pm
Jerry Ashburn Russ Gaefe Seriously???? LOLSeptember 12, 2017 07:30pm
Pam Madden Have you tried the Meet Up app? There's several good and active hiking clubs on itSeptember 12, 2017 08:02pm
Chandra Marie Dubay yeah I checked it out last night..and couldnt find anything in the hilo area. I am basically looking for a way to meet people and see what the island has to offer. My room mate who i live with is disabled and cant do much..and I dont drive being from Boston so kinda stuck if you know what i mean.September 12, 2017 08:04pm
Chandra Marie Dubay And the bus service in Hilo is not that great.September 12, 2017 08:04pm
Chandra Marie Dubay Maybe it depends on what island you are on...and where you are in hawaii.September 12, 2017 08:05pm
John Bruce We have ways to deal with depression, like going out in the sun at the beach.September 12, 2017 08:08pm
Rodney Tyo # 1 in my book ............. ParadiseSeptember 12, 2017 11:58pm
Kenneth Brandon Peters That "Ranking" is tourism BS. How can people be happy in hawaii when a decent home costs over 400,000.00?September 13, 2017 12:34am
Kenneth Brandon Peters Yes it does Chandra Marie Dubay. I live in Kona and it is hot. So yeah we need air conditioning. Energy costs are the highest in the nation. We pay over 2k a month just to rent a house.September 13, 2017 12:36am
Lisa Pabre And crazy road rage drivers? Oh yeah....real happySeptember 13, 2017 05:40am
Joan Buhs ☮ ☆Ϡ ღ✻ ☆Ϡ ღ✻~not surprised---mahaloSeptember 13, 2017 05:43am
Valery Myers Andrew WakefieldSeptember 13, 2017 10:04am
Carolyn Greenan Chandra Marie Dubay maybe it depends on ones own attitude.September 13, 2017 02:16pm
Manova Lowman Hawaii is number 1September 13, 2017 04:00pm
David D Miller Ironically I'm happier here since moving FROM Minnesota this past June. Go figure -lol🤙🏼🌴🌊😎September 12, 2017 11:18am
Jerry Ashburn Hawaii is ruined, I mean run, by Democrats. That accounts for the depression.September 12, 2017 11:27am
Cathy Mathis WOW who did they ask ? Apparently the rich and elected officials who have ruined this state.September 12, 2017 11:54am
Francis Chong You mean with our Corrupt and Dirty leaders,officials and politicians. The rest of us are frowning from ear to ear.September 12, 2017 12:04pm
Kirby Faulkner https://wallethub.com/edu/happiest-states/6959/September 12, 2017 12:07pm
Rick Reed Just the fact that California is 4th I question this Study!September 12, 2017 12:15pm
Iain Young Eat, Drink, and be Merry, for tomorrow you might find yourself in Utah.September 12, 2017 12:42pm
Iain Young Dop\ you realize that Goodwill IS NOT A CHARITY? It is a for profit consignment store where the merchandise is donated free. Part of the problem perhaps?September 12, 2017 12:44pm
Jerry Ashburn Not sure what problem you mean but you are obviously a victim of internet nonsense. "Goodwill: Goodwill Industries International is not a business that takes in donated items and resells them for a profit. It is a not-for-profit organization that provides job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges. Goodwill raises money for their programs through a chain of thrift stores which also operate as non-profits.The CEO of Goodwill Industries International is not Mark Curran, nor does he make $2.3 million a year. The current President and CEO of Goodwill is Jim Gibbons, who in 2011 received a total reported compensation of $725,000." http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/charities.aspSeptember 12, 2017 12:57pm
Russ Gaefe Why? California is a great state to live in!September 12, 2017 01:12pm
Russ Gaefe Thank GOD it's run by Democrats!September 12, 2017 01:12pm
Rick Reed Russ Gaefe I lived in California for most of my life! California at one time was the best state to live in ! Now its an over taxes shit hole full of illegals!September 12, 2017 01:15pm
James Kong Let me know when the CEO gets $75,000 in salary. Then it'll be a not for profit corporation. As it stands it's just a scam. Free material, low paid workers (under the guise of training and rehabilitation) makes for a great business model.September 12, 2017 01:16pm
Darrell Pili More bullshit pollsSeptember 12, 2017 01:41pm
Keturah Elizabeth Mn is not 1st. I've been to both and mn is full of bitter, stuck up, passive aggressive jerks.September 12, 2017 01:45pm
Shane MacIntyre I love the Big Island #1September 12, 2017 01:51pm
Gwen Vagle Or, MN. lolSeptember 12, 2017 02:06pm
Gwen Vagle They're still frozen from our winters! :)September 12, 2017 02:07pm
Chandra Marie Dubay I moved here from massachusetts and still cant find a job and its been almost 3 months..how does that make people happy? There are no bike trails, hiking clubs..Hilo looks like a land time forgot. How does anyone make a living here in the Big Island?September 12, 2017 02:19pm
Marge Schembri I personally feel Hawaii is number one in the happiness department. The people are friendly, the weather terrific, the land beautiful, no heating or cooling expenses, bus service outstanding, Hawaiian grown produce fantastic, and the laid back life style is healthy as it causes no stress. What a perfect way to live 🏝September 12, 2017 02:25pm
Keturah Elizabeth I think it permanently freezes their brains 😂😂😊😊September 12, 2017 03:02pm
Rick Reed 🤙🤙September 12, 2017 03:08pm
Lydia Walther Soon Pele will teach again.September 12, 2017 03:19pm
Sonny Koonce III So that's why!!, Hawaii is a state now❤❤❤September 12, 2017 05:05pm
Debbie Iozzo I think the island is kicking you off.September 12, 2017 05:49pm
Chandra Marie Dubay No..it just seems like an oppressed area for people. I feel bad for the community and some of the locals that live here that can't find work either.September 12, 2017 05:54pm
Chandra Marie Dubay It was a comment of general concern actually.September 12, 2017 05:55pm
James Man I thought we had the most suicides and drank the most, what happened to that. But i guess if you believe polls Hillary is president.September 12, 2017 06:06pm
Ron Parrett I figured it would be Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and California. For the obvious "legal" reasons. But seriously, how did California get #4? I'm not even happy driving through CA.September 12, 2017 06:22pm
Ron Parrett I'm #1 happy here.September 12, 2017 06:23pm
Dawn Thatcher-White Kathy Frederick KinneenSeptember 12, 2017 06:38pm
Susana La Londe # one in my book !!! Love it there !September 12, 2017 06:49pm
Rachel Walton It may not be for everyone but it sure is for me.September 12, 2017 07:02pm
Jerry Ashburn James Kong I see you are beset with a failure to read and comprehend. On the other hand, I doubt that it bothers you in the least that entertainers and athletes are making multi millions of dollars without contributing anything to society.September 12, 2017 07:28pm
Jerry Ashburn Russ Gaefe Seriously???? LOLSeptember 12, 2017 07:30pm
Pam Madden Have you tried the Meet Up app? There's several good and active hiking clubs on itSeptember 12, 2017 08:02pm
Chandra Marie Dubay yeah I checked it out last night..and couldnt find anything in the hilo area. I am basically looking for a way to meet people and see what the island has to offer. My room mate who i live with is disabled and cant do much..and I dont drive being from Boston so kinda stuck if you know what i mean.September 12, 2017 08:04pm
Chandra Marie Dubay And the bus service in Hilo is not that great.September 12, 2017 08:04pm
Chandra Marie Dubay Maybe it depends on what island you are on...and where you are in hawaii.September 12, 2017 08:05pm
John Bruce We have ways to deal with depression, like going out in the sun at the beach.September 12, 2017 08:08pm
Rodney Tyo # 1 in my book ............. ParadiseSeptember 12, 2017 11:58pm
Kenneth Brandon Peters That "Ranking" is tourism BS. How can people be happy in hawaii when a decent home costs over 400,000.00?September 13, 2017 12:34am
Kenneth Brandon Peters Yes it does Chandra Marie Dubay. I live in Kona and it is hot. So yeah we need air conditioning. Energy costs are the highest in the nation. We pay over 2k a month just to rent a house.September 13, 2017 12:36am
Lisa Pabre And crazy road rage drivers? Oh yeah....real happySeptember 13, 2017 05:40am
Joan Buhs ☮ ☆Ϡ ღ✻ ☆Ϡ ღ✻~not surprised---mahaloSeptember 13, 2017 05:43am
Valery Myers Andrew WakefieldSeptember 13, 2017 10:04am
Carolyn Greenan Chandra Marie Dubay maybe it depends on ones own attitude.September 13, 2017 02:16pm
Manova Lowman Hawaii is number 1September 13, 2017 04:00pm
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